Road America: Alex Job Racing qualifying report

AJR on GT Pole at Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin -- Alex Job Racing driver Jorg Bergmeister shattered the track GT class record to put his number 23/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on the pole at Road ...

AJR on GT Pole at Road America

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin -- Alex Job Racing driver Jorg Bergmeister shattered the track GT class record to put his number 23/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on the pole at Road America for round seven of the American Le Mans Series race to be run tomorrow. Teammate Marc Lieb, partnered with Romain Dumas, in the number 24 AJR Porsche qualified a strong second.

Together with co-driver Timo Bernhard, Bergmeister will start from the front row of the GT grid for Sunday's two-hour and forty-five minute race. Prior to qualifying the duos best practice time was a 2:08.365. The lanky German was able to improve on that time by almost a second to run a 2:07.577 and a speed of 114 mph.

"The car was really good. I could be aggressive and drive in deep and get it out of the turn fast," said Bergmeister. "I did two fast laps that were very clean and virtually mistake free. The team has done a great job all weekend with the set-up. Road America is my favorite track in America; it reminds me of the Nordshliefe in Germany. The last races Timo and I have really done well, we have been able to get rid of the bad luck that plagued us early in the season. I am sure the field will be much closer in the race."

Lieb was the pole sitter until Bergmeister put in his incredible lap. Marc turned a 2:08.353, again over four-tenths faster than his practice time. "The car felt good, we made a change before qualifying and ran much faster, Jorg just put in a crazy lap. The track is great to drive, I really like the carrousel, and we take it very fast in fourth gear. I also like turn thirteen under the bridge, the road falls away and it is really fun."

"WOW! What an impressive qualifying session by Jorg," said Alex Job, team owner. "Our telemetry gave us a theoretical perfect lap here of 2:07.799; I guess it is time to change our theory. Marc did a great job to come second and that was a nice improvement over practice. Timo and Jorg have really come on for us in these last three races, showing their maturity. The GT field remains very close; Peterson looks very threatening in third."

AJR driver Timo Bernhard currently sits second in the GT driver's points standings with 93, just four out of the lead. Alex Job Racing leads the ALMS GT team standings by 18 and is looking for its fifth win this year.

Round seven of the American Le Mans Series will be August 22nd and televised live on Speed Channel starting at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Marc Lieb , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing